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Getting the most out of Twitter

James Ryan

“Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.” – Bruce Lee

As some of you may or may not already know, a lot of interesting developments from around the world have been going on this week, most of which can only been seen on Twitter for our benefit. For those of you who don’t already have a Twitter account, please consider the following:

1. Start-up a Twitter account. All you need is an email address. It’s easy and quick, but please note that Twitter will prompt you during the registration process to select certain people or corporations (who they suggest) to follow, so my suggestion is, just follow whoever you want to get through the set-up process because once you’re  done and ready to go, you can just go back and un-follow those same people anyway, which I highly recommend doing.

Believe me; you don’t want Twitter (or Facebook or anyone) making suggestions on your behalf, telling you who they think you should be getting your information from. Oh and FYI, late night comedians are about the worst ones to follow right now in terms of their political bias. You need to (temporarily at least) remove yourself from all of that. Remove yourself from opinions which resonate with your already existing cognitive bias. Step back from how you normally intake new information and empty your cup. Start listening, stop judging.

“A cognitive bias refers to the systematic pattern of deviation from norm or rationality in judgment, whereby inferences about other people and situations may be drawn in an illogical fashion.”

2. “Follow” the following people (see below). Just type their Twitter addresses into Twitter’s search engine option (or click on the hyperlinks below), follow them, and then take some time to really read and understand their “tweets.” I promise this isn’t a conspiracy theory thing. This is an opportunity for everyone on this earth, regardless of their political or social opinions, to gain a better, or rather, a clearer perspective on what is actually happening around the world (and how it impacts us both now and in the future).

Follow:

@KimDotcom (fact-based)

@wikileaks (fact-based)

@JulianAssange (fact-based)

@PrisonPlanet (opinion-based)

@Snowden (fact-based)

@thefallentrail (me)

3. Until you get the hang of it, which shouldn’t take very long, please don’t feel any pressure to interact with anyone else on Twitter. Use it only as a source for gathering information, not necessarily for socializing. That’s why you have Facebook. Instead, think of Twitter as a way to get information directly from the horse’s mouth before it has a chance to filter its way through your television or Facebook or newspapers or radio djs or celebrities or politicians or whatever.

4. Don’t use your real name when setting up your account, and don’t use your real picture. Neither of those are required on Twitter, so unless you’re promoting yourself or a business, why bother?

5. Stay away from the Celebrity Trap. The great awful thing about Twitter is that just about every athlete or celebrity on earth has a Twitter account, and YES, they will interact with you if you stroke their ego long and hard enough, so don’t get all caught up in their words or in their worlds. It’s all just there to distract you anyway.

Good luck and all the best.

Cheers!

James

James Ryan
James Ryan

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